Trump’s “platinum plan” was a collection of initiatives targeted at winning over Black voters ahead of the election by focusing on policies to bolster the economy, prosecute the KKK and Antifa as terrorist organizations, and make Juneteenth a federal holiday. According to NPR, the Trump campaign team was so pleased with the rapper’s endorsement it promoted the tweet to its outreach list of Black voters, a demographic republican only captured 8% of in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump granted a full pardon to Lil Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. The rapper was charged in Florida on Nov. 17 with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a federal offense that carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
In October, the Grammy award-winner caused a stir on social media after appearing to endorse Trump by sharing a photo of the pair following a “great meeting.” Earlier this month, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson advocated for the commutation of Capri on Twitter.
The White House highlighted Capri's “numerous philanthropic efforts... such as providing educational resources to students and families of fallen law enforcement officers and the underprivileged. His legal team, led by wealthy philanthropist and private investigator Eric Love, had a limousine ready to go and hyped up the possibility of his release so much in the media that it became a trending topic on Twitter.
Prince Williams / Preimage via Getty Images President Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned rapper Lil Wayne, who was facing up to 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to a gun charge last month. The rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter, was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition after officers found a loaded handgun in his possession while he was traveling to South Florida from California on Dec. 23, 2019, according to the Department of Justice.
In the White House announcement of Carter's pardon, officials noted it had been supported by Brett Perish, owner of liquor company Sovereign Brands, and football legend Dan Sanders. “Mr. Carter has exhibited this generosity through commitment to a variety of charities, including donations to research hospitals and a host of food banks,” the White House said.
Following his latest conviction, his former attorney Ron Sweeney, who recently filed a lawsuit against Carter seeking $20 million in allegedly unpaid commissions, said he hoped Trump would pardon him, according to the Hill. Wayne pled guilty in federal district court in December for illegally possessing a loaded, gold-plated handgun, while traveling to Florida on a private plane in 2019.
Also, on Trump’s list is Florida rapper Black, who in 2019 was sentenced to 46 months in prison on federal weapons charges. Two of the weapons were later found by police at crime scenes, including one with Black’s fingerprints and a live round in the chamber that had been used to fire at a “rival rap artist,” according to the New York Times.
Individuals on Trump’s list, who he hopes to pardon in the final week of his administration, also include senior White House officials and family members, according to Bloomberg. President Donald Trump has reportedly suggested to top advisers that he wants to pardon himself before leaving office.
TheGRIO previously reported, Weezy, a pro-Trump supporter, is facing 10 years in prison after being charged with possession of a firearm while traveling on a private jet to Miami. According to TMZ, federal agents received an anonymous tip that led them to Wayne’s private jet at the Maricopa Lock Executive Airport on Dec. 23, 2019.
The former reality TV star has reportedly been warned by his team that he could be facing a legal nightmare for inciting the violent breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. “The argument against self-pardonability starts with the idea that granting a pardon is, by definition, something one can only do to another person,” Salt added.
Trump has already issued pardons to several of his loyalists, including Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, and Charles Kushner, father of the president’s son-in-law. Prince Williams/Wire image President Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to rapper Lil Wayne, who last month plead guilty to felony gun possession and faced up to 10 years in prison.
Former NFL star and football coach Dan Sanders wrote in support of the rapper's application for a pardon, calling the musician “a provider for his family, a friend to many, a man of faith, a natural giver to the less fortunate, a haymaker, a game changer.” During last year's presidential campaign, Lil Wayne tweeted a photo of himself with Trump, saying he had a “great meeting” with the president and supported his criminal justice reform program and economic plan for African Americans.
Rapper Lil Wayne pled guilty to a firearm possession charge in South Florida Friday, a federal offense that carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison. The 38-year-old rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., pled guilty to illegally possessing a loaded .45-caliber handgun while traveling to South Florida on a private plane last Christmas season.
“Your honor, I plead guilty to the charge,” Carter told U.S. District Judge Kathleen Williams. Authorities said Carter acknowledged owning the gold-plated handgun after his luggage was searched upon arriving at Opa-locka Executive Airport on Dec. 23, 2019.
Carter's lawyer, Howard Scenic, said he considered a motion to suppress the search of the plane as a violation of the rapper's constitutional rights. Carter was convicted on a weapons charge in New York more than a decade ago, for which he was sentenced to eight months in prison.
As Lil Wayne, Carter has sold over 120 million records, has won five Grammys and numerous other music awards. One year after flying to Miami in a chartered plane with a bag packed with a gold-plated handgun and drugs, rapper Lil Wayne pleaded guilty Friday to possessing a firearm as a formerly convicted felon.
On Friday (Nov. 27), Lil Wayne released the new mixtape, No Ceilings 3. The third installment of Tune chi's coveted mixtape series contains 20 songs, and as per usual, it features Weezy catching bodies over some of the hottest tracks that dropped in the past couple of years.
No Ceilings 3, ” Wayne revealed during an interview on ESPN. Earlier this week, he put rollout mode in full affect, revealing the project's release date on Instagram with the help of DJ Khaled, who is hosting the mixtape.
“Besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the Platinum Plan is going to give the community real ownership. The picture sparked backlash from many of Wayne’s fans, including fellow rapper 50 Cent, who had also shown support for Trump over his Platinum Plan but later withdrew his endorsement.
Trump wasn’t in the White House (Obama was on his way instead), everybody was watching Iron Man at the movie theater, and Britney Spears was in the headlines for her tumultuous life crisis, chronicled carelessly by gossip blogs the world over. LilWayne’s “Lollipop,” an auto-tune heavy banger, would have experienced a viral, spin-off following on social media, probably catalyzed by a Liner of some sort, if we’d fully understood what that entailed back then.
The four records that followed the chart topping, award-winning They Carter III were well-received, if not by critics than by his fervent fans; each album nabbing a number one or two spot on the Billboard Hot 100. That’s not far off Yeezy and Jay’s number-one streaks, but while their rap notoriety has continued to grow, Lil Wayne has spent the past half decade fading into the hip-hop backdrop.
“I am a prisoner and so is my creativity,” he tweeted, somewhat sadly five days before the record was due to drop on the revised date of December 2014, already seven months off schedule. A month after the lawsuit, Wayne told Rolling Stone that They Carter V was “a dead subject right now”, “a jewel in the safe” and “stash-house money.” After months of legal battles that wound up taking him nowhere, he dropped an album exclusively through JAY-Z’s TIDAL, collaborating with friends and artists that worked on it pro bono; a move that we all know isn’t necessarily a surefire route to highly-publicized success.
The breaking of the silence held between Bird man and Weezy broke at the beginning of 2016, when the pair were spotted at Drake New Year’s Eve bash, then on stage together where they publicly admitted they were on speaking terms. Fans had always been thirsty to hear some four-year-old verses from rap legends that were on the record, Kendrick Lamar’s “Mona Lisa” being the most coveted.
When he was sent to jail in January of this year, his copy of They Carter V became property of the US government, who seized it as payment for the security-fraud charges he was landed with. Despite the fact he hasn’t been present on the Billboard-approved mainstream rap scene for some time, LilWayne’s Instagram account still boasts some 7.5 million followers.
It’s plastered with adverts for Bum bu, his Caribbean rum venture, alongside sporadic tour date announcements and teasers for songs from his latest mixtape, Dedication 6. But today, we’re used to rapping stars being omnipresent, constantly working on mixtapes and singles, touring incessantly to ensure they’re ingrained in our minds.